Sunday, October 02, 2011

Fun Fun Weekend

We started our Saturday morning with some tennis. I HATE sports. Well, maybe I shouldn't say hate, more like I've never been introduced to sports as a child. I actually had fun (!) and so did Orion. Here he is pooped out after lots of ball chasing.

After tennis, we headed to one of our favorite restaurants Calafia. It is owned by the original Google chef, Charlie, so you know the food is good.

Orion got a tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms plus hash browns and toast. He requested tofu scramble. He only ate the hash browns and toast. This kid hates bread!! I think he liked the super crunchy texture.

This picture of him makes him look so skinny!! He lost some weight after the couple of colds he was battling.

After lunch we headed to a playdate for all the preschool kids in his class. I was too busy meeting all the parents I did not take any pics.

In the evening, we went to Orion's friend's school that was holding a carnival. He played a few games, decorated a pumpkin, and did spin art. Love kids arts and crafts!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Growing Up In A Week

Orion's gone from being so shy and having separation anxiety during his first weeks of preschool to saying "I love you, teacher" and giving her a kiss :)

He is FINALLY sleeping in his own bed!!!!!!!! It only took 4.5 years but we did it. He has one of those ikea reversible beds and promised he'd sleep in it if we put the bunk on top. I cushioned it with about a billion pillows just in case. Even though we will find him wandering into our bed at 3am, I am still so happy I don't have little feet kicking me all night long. The only problem I have now is that I'm too anxious to know if he is ok in his bed. I feel like a worry-wort all night. Then I finally end up falling into a deep sleep and don't wake up to change his diapers. His clothes and bed are usually soaked by the middle of the night (bad mommy).

Our forward-facing boy :( We tried our best to keep him rear-facing as long as possible. At 37 inches tall and 30 pounds, he was finally reaching the maximum height on his Britax Boulevard. I even tried to find a taller carseat to keep him rear-facing, but no such luck. So here he is with a big grin on his face sitting in his forward-facing seat for the first time :)

Getting the old infant carseat out to see how it fit's in our car. Orion had to make sure to try it out first :) Yup, he's gettin big!

And this is what he loves to do all day everyday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Past and Passed (Out)

I was just reading some old blog posts while Orion was playing on his Leapster. I can hear the music of one of the games, and i gave him a time limit of 10 minutes. I am sitting on the couch with the laptop in front of me, and when I move my laptop to look over at him, he's totally passed out on the ground! He is worn out from this cold he has....

I'm putting in more effort to our blog and not relying on social sites so much to post updates. With the new baby coming along, it's nice to see the growth and change over time in one place and we can look back and read about it.

As I was saying, I was reading old posts. I went back a year and read a post I wrote on Sept 16 2010. It was after a doctor visit and how our pediatrician said it would take Orion about 1.5 years to get to that minimum weight of 35-40 pounds to be a candidate for heart surgery via cath. At the time he was 27 pounds. Well, it is now a year later and he is a solid 30 pounds. I guess this is going to take much longer. At least we know his heart is still doing good and hasn't had any new changes in the last year. Maybe he will still have another year to get bigger and not need surgery yet. Maybe two :)

Tonight is back to school night but seeing how Orion is passed out on our living room floor, I'm not sure how this is going to pan out. Hopefully one of us will be able to make it there.


I had my anatomy scan/level 2 ultrasound and all looks great. Everything measured perfectly, and baby's got a good-lookin spine. BUT they could not tell if it was a boy or a girl! Baby was curled up so tightly and they could not get a good look. My first ultrasound was at 14 weeks and was deemed a boy, but I thought it was a bit early to tell so I didn't find myself 100% sure about it. Today, the technician thought it was a girl, then a boy, then the attending couldn't find anything boy-like at all. So we shall see!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hating school less and less...

Orion's has been having trouble starting preschool. One day was even kicking and screaming on the floor of the classroom. Once here's there, after 15min, he's OK. Each day is getting better, today was only 9 mins of crying, but it's been three weeks. When he comes home he's so happy, singing the songs and telling us about his day, you would have never thought he hated going.

We hope this will pass... like the time when he would wake up at 1-3am every-night scoot (he couldn't walk yet) to the kitchen and open the fridge and just sit there crying at the fridge, good times... or the time when we tried to make him sleep in his crib and he just banged his face against the crib even after he was all bleeding... yeah, determined kid... actually we are still working on getting him to sleep in his own bed :/

But overall he's growing up fast, wants to be independent (and have his way), and still obsessed with astronomy. We think he might be like his grandpa and become a physicist. :)

Baby Time

Orion's going to have a baby brother in February. He is so excited!

Baby's heart has already checked out awesomely perfect and everything is going smoothly :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I found the most perfect soccer program for Orion this year. It is an inclusion program for typical and special needs kids, and it is all provided by volunteers. It is for kids age 5-18, and there is a "preschool" group for the young ones. Orion is in the age 2-4 group since the 4-6 group seemed to be more active. Each session is an hour long, and he got the hang of things very quickly! He was shy in the beginning, but wanted to take part in all the drills once he felt comfortable.

My absolute favorite thing about this group is that there are three coaches plus four volunteers (I think they were in high school) for a group of ten kids! Each child got the attention they needed to get involved in the game. Orion was running a bit behind the rest of the kids, but there was always someone with him to cheer him on and guide him. They also understand when he would get tired and let him just hang out and watch the rest of the kids. Love that understanding!!

The kids were supposed to be in a circle kicking the ball to each other, but Orion hogged the ball and just wanted to make goals.

Aliens vs. humans. The aliens knock down cones.

Humans fix the cones.

Favorite drill: making goals.

More goals.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

the start of 2011

we got through the whole end of 2010 without any sicknesses, and of course we start the year with stomach flus and colds. orion is sick as a dog. with a stomach virus that has turned into a common cold with sneezes, runny nose, stuffiness, coughing, and sore throat, i truly forgot what it is like to have a sick kid! the grumpiness, whining, no sleep, no eating is a nice reminder about how sick he used to get in previous years and how what a great "healthy" season we have had so far. hopefully this won't take a toll on his body and he'll get through it quickly.

bo was lucky to be away in tahoe when we all got sick, so i'm also hoping he doesn't catch it now!

orion's additional supplements to his diet are not working. he has been the same exact weight since he first got weighed at the dietician's office. this cold isn't helping either! she said to be patient and give it time, so we will see. her goal is for him to gain 5g a day, i don't know when that's gonna start....

i have been busy doing a deep cleaning of our house, including donating a lot of things we don't need anymore. i think we are hoarders?! i like to save a lot of things that can be used for "art" and bo is an avid collector of anything vintage aka dumpster diving. we have accumulated a lot of things since moving up north 4 years ago. most of it we have not used, just saving for some special day (?). time to throw away. it's my fault for always moving to a bigger house, having room to bring home more stuff. good thing we don't have a garage; if we did it would totally look like my mother-in-law's.

time to go hang out on the couch with the sickie....